Meet the Musicians: Harold Pannell and Friends present an Evening of Jazz on February 21 @ 7pm
Join singer Harold Pannell with guests Spencer Allen on trumpet and Andrew King on saxaphone as these musicians and educators perform and converse on their art while opening our 2015 series of “Meet the Musicians” at the South Wedge Mission at 125 Caroline Street on Saturday February 21 at 7:00 pm
Born in Elmira, NY in 1961, Harold was raised in a musical family. His parents often sang in their church choir and all 5 children played instruments, including Harold on guitar. He began playing in bands in the 70s. The last group Harold played guitar for fired him stating, “It was easy to find a decent guitar player, but hard to find a good singer.” And his singing career was launched.
From his beginnings at church and elementary school, Harold has participated in 5 piece rock bands, 6 piece R&B bands and Blues bands, jazz and contemporary piano duos, jazz standard quartets, an 11 piece wedding band, and the musical: Smokey Joe’s Café.
Harold has had the good fortune to share the stage with Randy Brecker, Wycliff Gordon, Marcus Printup, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. He has been influenced by artists such as Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Freddie Cole, Lou Rawls, Will Downing, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Phil Perry, and Al Jarreu.
In addition to a variety of small venues and night clubs, he has performed at Jazz Greats at Glenora Winery, Corning’s Crystal City/ Gaffer District Jazz festival, and local Rochester events including: the Lilac Festival, Park Ave Festival, Corn Hill Festival, Rochester Jazz Fest, Rochester Music Fest, Clarissa St Reunion, and a Wounded Warrior fundraiser.
You’re in for treat with Harold’s smooth, powerful voice, vocal range, choice of musical selections, and engaging dialogue with the audience. He truly enjoys life and he’ll tell you, “As long as I’m above the ground, I’m enjoying it!”
This series consists of four very special evenings with music, great acoustics and conversations with the musicians themselves. The program includes two concerts with Jazz and two with Classical Music: